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The 24th day of November 1653.
Keepers et cetera against the ffortune
Examined upon the sayd allegation
Robert Bowther of Lymestreet in London
merchant aged 34 yeares or thereabouts a
witne sworne and examined deposeth and saith
as followeth videlicet.
To the first second third fourth fifth sixth seventh eighth nynth and
tentha rticles of the sayd allegation this deponent saith That about the month
of July last he this deponent having severall sayes seene and read an Intimation
from the Commissioners for Prize goods publiquely affixed upon the
Exchange London for and touching the sale of certayne wheat
laden aboard the arlate shipp the ffortune of Statin, by the Candle
according to the usuall and common course of intimation in that behalfe
did repaire aboard the sayd ship then lyeing neere Limehouse dock
in the River of Thames, intending to bidd money for and buy the same
upon the day of sale in case he found it a pennyworth, and saith that
being come aboard the sayd shipp he found the sayd wheat very hott
heavy musty and clotted and baked together and some of it quite spoyled
and perished, and in such a condition that in this deponents Judgement
it would in twenty dayes longer in case it had not bene removed have
become unserviceable and unfitt for use for the most of it. And saith
that he sayd wheat was afterwards sold by the Candle by the foresayd
Comissioners on a day appoyneted for that purpose according to the
foresayd intimation, att which sale this deponent and severall other
merchants were present and bad money for it, and Mr Vincent
bidding most videlicet 19 s. 6 d by the quarter carryed it, and accordingly
the same was sold to him according to the usuall manner of sale
by the Candle, And saith the sayd Mr Vincent did give more for it
than he this deponent durst adventure to give, and did in this deponents
Judgment give more than it was really worth att that tyme according
as the marketts for Corne then went by six pence the quarter. And
saith that the Commissioners doe usually sell by the Candle their prize goods
att full valew and many tymes dearer than Merchants doe sell the
like goods att their warehouses which this deponent severall
tymes bought goods of them the sayd Commissioners by the Candle hath well seene
and observed: And further he saith he cannot depose.
To the Crosse Interrogatories.
To the 1. 2. and third Interrogatories he saith he cannot depose otherwise
To the 4th. hee saith he doth not conceyve the sayd wheat could have bene
made fitt for use or preserved from perishing otherwise then by a speedy
removeing of it out of the sayd shipp the same was in so perishing
Condition And referring to his foregoeing depositions cannot
Robt Bowcher [SIGNATURE, RH SIDE]
Repeated before Doctor Clarke and Doctor Godolphin
The sayd William Cotton to the Crosse Interrogatories
To the .1st. he saith he was sent over by the producent from Rotterdam to looke for
restitution of the sayd goods, and is produced as a witnes by the advise of